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What Is Surrogacy?

What is surrogacy?

At our surrogacy agency, we believe that knowledge is the key to a successful surrogacy journey. It starts with fully understanding the answer to one very important question: “What is surrogacy?”

Gestational surrogacy is a heartwarming method of assisted reproduction that helps parents create a family when they are unable to carry a pregnancy.

During the surrogacy journey, parents select their ideal surrogate, then have an embryo created with their own biological material, or sometimes, with help from an egg, sperm or embryo donor. A fertility doctor then transfers the best-quality embryo to the surrogate’s uterus, where it has the chance to implant and grow into a healthy pregnancy. Gestational surrogates have no genetic relationship to the child they deliver.

Who needs a surrogate?

Surrogacy helps a wide range of people have the families they long for. From women experiencing infertility to LGBTQ+ couples and single men, surrogacy helps many people experience the incredible moment of holding their newborn in their arms for the first time.

Women who cannot carry a pregnancy because of uterine issues, preexisting health conditions, hysterectomy, or challenges with previous pregnancies may decide to use a surrogate. In addition, same-sex male couples and single men will need a surrogate if they want to have a child that is genetically related to them.

What is surrogacy, and how is CSP different?

What is surrogacy? It’s a complex process that CSP makes simple and seamless for everyone involved.

To ensure that CSP gestational surrogates can give parents the best possible chance of starting their families, CSP carefully pre-screens women who apply to become surrogates, before they are presented for matching. After a comprehensive initial intake assessment and interview, applicants undergo a series of comprehensive physical and psychological evaluations to verify that they are healthy and ready to proceed.

This uncommon approach of pre-screening potential surrogates means that you will never have to pay for screening only to discover that your chosen surrogate is disqualified. You’ll only have to pay for the screening of the surrogate that you move forward with. This approach also ensures that your surrogate will be ready to get started right away.

Cost of surrogacy

Many people who are exploring the question “What is surrogacy?” are surprised to find that the process is more accessible than they expected. The cost of surrogacy largely depends on where the gestational surrogate lives, whether she has insurance, and whether she’s a first-time surrogate. On average, our surrogates receive $46,000 to $68,000.

Because surrogacy involves IVF, and that process can vary from patient to patient, the costs of the additional services required for surrogacy depend on the parent’s unique needs, insurance plan and other factors.

We can help you determine what your specific fertility journey will cost, and if there is financial assistance available to help you grow your family. Learn more about surrogacy pricing and CSP’s personalized cost estimate sheets, which can help you determine if surrogacy is right for you.

What is the surrogacy process?

For parents, the first step in moving forward with surrogacy is filling out our online application and completing the initial consultations with a dedicated CSP case manager. From there, we help you find your ideal surrogate.

Our experts will also support you in moving through the necessary steps to produce a healthy embryo through fertility medications, egg retrieval, semen collection and/or the use of an egg or sperm donor. The best-quality embryo is then transferred to the surrogate’s uterus, in hopes of achieving a positive pregnancy test.

During your surrogate’s pregnancy, our team helps coordinate the prenatal appointments that you will attend with your surrogate, and we will work with you and your surrogate to plan for your participation during the birth of your child. At the same time, we provide full support for your surrogate through the entire process, and after delivery.

Learn more

For the CSP team, there is nothing more rewarding than helping to create that special moment when you see and hold your baby for the very first time. We are happy to offer a free consultation to help you learn all about the process.

Request a free consultation with a CSP professional, who can answer all of your questions about “what is surrogacy” and whether this advanced family building option is right for you.